The band itself has an odd Power Trio setup, with each member's stage persona fitting a different stereotype. This has been commented on by the band themselves a few times. In particular Karen O is said to be much more subdued than her stage persona, to the surprise of many fans.
Studio Album Discography
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs (EP) (2001)
- Machine (EP) (2002)
- Fever to Tell (2003)
- Show Your Bones (2006)
- It's Blitz! (2009)
- Mosquito (2013)
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: "Dudley" is a notable offender in that several of the lines don't even attempt to fit the melody, e.g. "If you can't even cope wi-i-iiith it..."
- Album Title Drop: Fever to Tell takes its title from a line in "Man."
- Audience Participation: The video for "Cheated Hearts" features the band performing as well as numerous clips of fans from all over the world, dressed up as the band and also lip-syncing to the song.
- Careful with That Axe: "Art Star" and "Mysteries."
- Costume Tropes: Karen O alone covers a fair few:
- Dance-Punk: This is one of the myriad genres to influence them.
- Flanderization: The three band members often get reduced to their respective personae. This also happens to Karen O's decidedly non-limited wardrobe.
- Fun with Acronyms: "Maps" supposedly stands for "My Angus Please Stay", Angus being Liars frontman Angus Andrew, Karen's boyfriend at the time.
- Hidden Track: On Fever To Tell, "Poor Song" is hidden about a minute after the end of "Modern Romance", the last listed song. Digital editions just give "Poor Song" its own track.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: "Date With The Night" is all about specifically female masturbation.
- Lighter and Softer: "Little Shadow", "Subway", "Wedding Song".
- Metal Scream: Ho ho, yeah. Karen could give Corey Taylor a run for his money.
- New Sound Album: It's Blitz!, which saw them moving away from their punk origins to a more electronic sound.
- One-Word Title: Plenty. "Maps", "Zero", "Hysteric", et cetera...
- Performance Video: Most of them.
- Power Trio:
- Refrain from Assuming: Many people think their biggest hit, "Maps", is called "They Don't Love You Like I Love You".
- Spell My Name with a "The": oddly inverted- the band name has no "The" in it, but you will almost always hear it added. Maybe The Yeah Yeah Yeahs is just easier to say.
- Subdued Section: "Runaway," "Skeleton," and "Little Shadow," among several others.
- Three Chords and the Truth: The band is vocals, guitar and drums. As the band have grown and changed their style, they've eased up on this trope for a slightly more expansive production.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Dr. Octagon appears on "Buried Alive".